Jim’s “Tru Leadership” Blog

Public Speaking Made Super Simple

Yes, public speaking can be scary, and for other people, public speaking is exhilarating and fun.  Regardless of how we feel about it, there are 3 simple keys in making public speaking even more successful. David Crystal of the Yale University Press, recently recognized that in ancient […]

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Finding Our Purpose And Meaning

Viktor Frankl the famous teacher, novelist, and Jewish Austrian psychiatrist, was severely beaten and tortured in a WWII Nazi concentration camp. He was fascinated how, at the lowest points of their lives, prisoners viewed their same horrible circumstances differently. Some wanted and begged desperately to die. He […]

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The Good Boss – Part III

My experience, through many years of coaching hundreds of people in numerous industries, is this – the higher we climb on the corporate ladder, the further we get from where real people do real work. The emotional intelligence that launched executive success years earlier seems to be […]

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The 4 E’s To Handling Complainers

Despite all our positive leadership efforts, we often still have people who are addicted and obsessed with complaining. It’s as if complaining feeds some dark empty sore spot for some people, and that if they didn’t complain, they’d have nothing to say. So, here are the 3 […]

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4 Ways Managers Create Dead People Working

Sometimes it’s the simple things that seem so normal that cause us the biggest challenges.   1. So, we have a good team and one or two players become our “A” players. To make sure we get tasks done…. We pile on. We don’t mean too overwork […]

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Account Management – Would You See You?

Let’s say, you are traveling home late Thursday night and checking your appointments for Friday, and you see you have a meeting with a person from another company at 3:00pm – a 3:00 pm appointment on a Friday after a long week on the road. You have […]

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7 Ways Team Coaching Goes From Nice To Necessary

Who is Coaching Your Team? How can we optimize performance and ensure success? The Intertwine Group has researched the reasons why teams need coaches. This included looking at critical factors for customer-facing teams such as sales, customer service, and marketing. We could be the leader of our […]

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Cell Phones And Being Present

We get so easily distracted that we have a term for it –“squirrel.” We are so busy being in the next moment we aren’t fully present in this moment. Our technology, and our lack of awareness of its proper use, are to blame. “Looking down to read […]

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Fascinate Your Audience

At different events, we often get stuck at the end of the table with people we barely know for over 2 hours! These situations apply to certain family events, business dinners, and celebrations of all kinds, and it causes us to say, “Oh no, another dinner event […]

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Managing Managers

Our great small team success got us promoted, and now we need new skills to manage managers. Especially since managers, by their very job definition, are very different than individual contributors. What got you here won’t get you there. – Marshall Goldsmith Large team management requires different […]

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